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#37 of 46 Back to dash - pic nic style
Apr 08, 2001 (8:14 pm)
Anyone ever been in a '66 Mark X. Jag? The boat version of a British car and the largest thing Jag made (other than a few limos).
Dash is all wood, walnut and of course for the civilised (with an S) pic nic trays ala airlines (now) which were also placed in the back. Very proper you know. Room to move in that back seat if you know what I mean, plus a tray for what ever. Might not have lights and heat dials but it was classy
#38 of 46 A great dash I remember
Apr 08, 2001 (8:31 pm)
1970 Boss 302 and Mach 1 (428 CJ for what it's worth in this case) the gauges have really cool looking blue lighting and the high beam light is a Mustang emblem. Say, driving from Phoenix to Tucson late at night; between the dash, the boy racer look of the car generally, and the noise the car makes, you get a pretty hip experience.
Apr 08, 2001 (9:13 pm)
Yes, I had a Mark X and the interior ambience was the best thing about it. I actually used those picnic trays on a date with my future wife and can thoroughly recommend the car as crumpet bait. One thing about real wood and leather, it ages quickly if it isn't maintained and garage stored. I was used to American vinyl and plastic, which is a lot more forgiving.
Speaking of 428 CJ Mustangs, I looked at a '69 someone was selling years ago. The guy fired it up in his garage and with the exhaust bouncing off the walls it sounded like it had about 800 lbs. ft. of torque. "Awesome" is not a word I use frequently, but that's how 7 liters with a lumpy idle sounds in a small garage.
#40 of 46 So you think 7 Liters is big........How about 800 Liters?
Apr 27, 2001 (8:17 pm)
I work as a licensed engineer in the engine room on commercial freighters. EMD( Electromotive Division of General Motors) engines have a displacement of 640 cubic inches per cylinder. Some ships have 4 20 cylinder engines so that's 4X20X640 cubic inches in that engine room. What does it sound like? LOUD! Oh by the way, the muffler for each engine are about the size of small car.............
Apr 28, 2001 (8:05 am)
Maybe they'll put that in the new Viper!
#42 of 46 EMD's are found on on ground transportation.........
Apr 28, 2001 (9:07 pm)
They actually are locomotive engines adapted for marine use. They come in 12, 16 and 20 cylinder configurations. The basic design goes back to the thirties. 2 stroke turbo charged diesels. 20 cylinder rated 3600 HP at 900 rpm. Average life of cylinder assembly before rebuild is 20,000 hours. Some engines I've worked with have had over 100,000 hours (that's over 11 years of running time )on them, with out having the crankshafts removed, cylinders assemblies (heads, pistons, con rods, cylinder liners) are of course replaced more often. These engine typically are run at wide open throttle continuously.
I am the first to admit that it is not fair to compare industrial engines to automotive engines, but sometimes when I hear about "new" technology in the automotive field, it's not new at all, most of these so called innovations have been in use for decades in industrial applications.
So what has this got to do with dashboards? Nothing, unless you want to know what the gage console looks like in an engineroom..........
#43 of 46 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Apr 29, 2001 (2:32 pm)
This car had a beautiful dashboard, probably the best one of the 1950s. Four round gauges in front of the driver (speedometer, tachometer, clock, 4 real gauges with no idiot lights) but it also had a quirk. Since dashboards were built with lots of metal pieces back then, with all sorts of braces and pieces behind them, Lincoln didn't want to have squeaks and rattles appear on their $10,000 super-luxury car, so instead of putting the dashboard together with sheet metal screws like everyone else, they welded everything together!
It was great until something went wrong and you had to get something out and back in!
By the way, all 1960s Buicks had the mirror on the dash with a knob to rotate it. The speedometer was mounted below the mirror pointed straight up and reflected back to the driver.
All Mopars in the forties era had a speedometer (only) that changed color from green to yellow to red as the needle went around the dial.
For oddball dashboards, how about the 1958 Edsel with the rotating drum speedometer or the Dodge Chargers and Pontiacs with the clock in the tach?
1968 Mercury Cougar with the oil pressure gauge over in front of the passenger seat? 1955 Plymouth with 2 gauges over in front of the passenger and the chrome spear sticking out of the left center of the dash to shift the transmission (and spear anyone sitting in the middle)? I have a 1952 Jaguar XK120 coupe in the garage that has the speedometer in front of the passenger!
Oh well, enough for now.....anyone know where I can install an oil pressure gauge and an ammeter or voltmeter on my 2001 Dodge Stratus R/T coupe that will look proper????
Apr 29, 2001 (6:45 pm)
Yeah, the Cougar XR-7 dash with the oil gauge on the passenger side was a little awkward, but the psuedo Jag image that dash conveyed was the best part of the car.
Olds also had a combination clock/tach called the "tic-tac-toc" or something like that.
May 08, 2001 (2:12 pm)
My favorite dash is from the mid-to-late 1970s LTD/Marquis line. Why? It had one of those big sweeping speedometers that only went up to 85 mph.
When I was in high school my friends and I had a fleet of these things at our disposal. We, while partaking in youthful indiscretions, would race these cars at extra legal speeds and bury the speedo needle way past the "85" until it would disappear.
We often joked about what it would be like if we were pulled over for speeding. The officer would saunter up to the driver's side window and ask in that law enforcement voice, "Son, do you know how fast you were go'in?". And we would reply, "No officer, I had no idea". Too bad we never had an opportunity to try that line out.
May 21, 2001 (10:11 am)
My '65 Caddy has a beautiful dash. Very elegant, it sweeps away on the passenger side allowing for a tremendous amount of foot/knee room. The ignition switch is positioned very high up on the dash adjacent to the radio knobs. The a/c vent ducts protrude out from the end panel and flow into the central design.